Abortion-rights movement

Abortions in U.S. reach lowest level since 1973

The U.S. counted 862,000 abortions in 2017, the lowest level since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, reports the AP.

The big picture: Fewer women are becoming pregnant, according to a report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

Where top 2020 Democrats stand on abortion policy

This image is a four-way split screen between Yang, Klobuchar, Harris, and Warren.
Yang, Klobuchar, Harris, and Warren. Photos: Josh Edelson/AFP, Zach Gibson, Scott Eisen, Nic Antaya for the Boston Globe via Getty Images.

2020 Democrats are pitching policy plans on reproductive health as the most restrictive abortion laws in generations work through the courts across America's red states and take aim at Roe v. Wade.

What they're saying: Even candidates without detailed policy plans on abortion or reproductive health care — like former Rep. Beto O'Rourke and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro — have spoken out against "fetal heartbeat bills" and abortion bans currently pending in state courts.